Paul George Rejected Player Option And He Will Become A Free Agent

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Paul George decides to decline a $20.7 million salary for the next season and he will become a free agent this summer.

Paul George has an 11:59 PM ET Friday deadline, but he decides to decline to opt-in. Maybe we expected this decision, but that means that he probably wants to sign a max contract.

According to the ESPN, he remains seriously interested in returning to the OKC for a long-term contract.

Other contenders are Los Angeles Lakers, Philadelphia Sixers and Houston Rockets.

Last season, Paul George said that Los Angeles is his primary destination but after one season with the Thunder, he builds a strong relationship with Russell Westbrook and it will be very interesting where he will play next season.

Paul George averaged 21.9 points, 5.7 rebounds, 3.3 assists and 2.0 steals per game, but that wasn't enough for the Oklahoma City Thunder in the NBA Playoffs.

According to Wojnarowski, Paul George can sign a 5-year contract:

George is eligible to sign a five-year, $176 million contract extension this summer with Thunder. That may be a less likely scenario than a shorter contract that could allow him more control over his future.

George could do a "one-plus one" contract and return to free agency next summer. George will reach 10 years of service in 2020, making him eligible to sign a four-year, $169 million maximum contract with a team with cap space.

Next 10 days will be one of the most interesting periods in NBA Free Agency and we will see where will Paul George, LeBron James and Kawhi Leonard play.